RELEASE NUMBER: 090514-01
DATE POSTED: MAY 14, 2009
PRESS RELEASE: Army Ranger killed in action
U.S. Army Special Operations Command Public Affairs Office
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (USASOC News Service, May 14, 2009) — An Army Ranger died May 13 while conducting combat operations in Central Iraq while serving with 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, Ga.
Corporal Ryan Casey McGhee, 21, was killed by small arms fire when his unit came in contact with enemy forces. The unit was conducting operations to rid Iraq of a weapons facilitator and a suicide vest cell known to be operating in the area.
“Cpl. Ryan McGhee’s actions are in the finest traditions of this great Regiment,” said Col. Richard D. Clarke, 75th Ranger Regiment Commander. “He continuously answered his Nation’s call, fighting the most tenacious, fanatical and resolute enemies of our country during multiple deployments to places where most would or could not go. His memory will not be forgotten by our Rangers.”
McGhee was on his fourth deployment in support of the War on Terror with three previous deployments to Afghanistan.
A native of Fredericksburg, Va., McGhee initially entered the U.S. Army Aug. 1, 2006. After completion of One Station Unit Training, Basic Airborne Course and the Ranger Indoctrination Program at Fort Benning, Ga., he was assigned to Company B, 3rd Bn., at Fort Benning, Ga.
McGhee served as a Rifleman and Grenadier before serving as a Weapons Squad Team Leader with Company D.
McGhee’s military education includes the Basic Airborne Course, Ranger Indoctrination Program, and the U.S. Army Ranger Course.
His awards and decorations include Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Iraq Campaign Medal with Combat Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.
McGhee is survived by his father Steven McGhee of Myrtle Beach S.C., his mother Sherrie L. McGhee of Knoxville, Tenn., and his brother Zachary.